February 6, 2022
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
We are living in very tumultuous times. There’s so much to contend with, not just on a daily basis, but second by second, minute by minute, moment by moment. There’s so much chaos internally in people's’ lives and externally in the world around them. People are wrestling with and giving in to sinful thoughts which leads to cheating, lying, stealing and other types of sins. There’s depression, anxiety, a lack of self-control leading to all types of addictions and other problems, and there’s self-harm using a variety of ways, some of which leads to suicide. And then there are the plethora of false teachers, preachers, and false prophets leading many people astray and in danger of facing eternal damnation. At the heart of all this destruction are the lies and tricks of the enemy.
But, there is divine promise for those who choose to follow God. The Bible says be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Any other source of strength that we try to depend on without the Lord is not going to be enough to win the battle, because the Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. It doesn’t get more serious than that. There is a battle for the very life of man.
The way we overcome all of satan’s army and wicked devices, the way we overcome all his lies is by putting on the whole armour of God. And the part of the armour that we’re going to focus on today is having our loins girt with the truth.
The loins are considered the part of the person that needs to be protected because of its fragility. The loins have even been referred to as the area of procreative power. So, you can see just how important it is to girt your loins with the truth, the real truth, God’s truth. Since the loins are the organ for procreative power, satan will try to use a lie to generate new offsprings of lies. He will take one lie and try to get you to believe it. But he doesn’t stop there. If he can get you to believe one lie, he will come with another, and another, and another, and another, until you are so confused and caught up, you begin living the lies, and living in the lies that he has told. His lies become your truth and all while you are sinking deeper and deeper into the bondage he has planned, be it spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, even sexual bondage.
Put on the whole armour of God and remember to girt your loins with the truth. To girt means to secure with a girth, which is a band or strap that encircles the body. The Lord is saying to encircle yourself with His truth. Don’t believe the lies. Whatever satan is telling you, speak God’s truth, claim it in faith, no matter how dark the days, no matter what anyone says, keep walking in God’s truth. Claim victory in the name of Jesus, claim healing in the name of Jesus, claim peace and claim security in the mighty name of Jesus. The Bible says in James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. And one of the ways that we resist the devil is to speak God’s truth to his lies. We must read the Bible and meditate on it because God’s word teaches us God’s truth. Don’t believe the lies. Don’t even entertain them for one iota of a second. Immediately claim and speak God’s truth. This is what helps you to stand and be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
Please join me in prayer:
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord for giving us Your whole armour to stand against the tricks of the devil, one of those tricks being Lord, to believe his lies. Father God, help us to girt our loins with Truth, Lord truth that comes only comes from You. Help us to walk in Your truth, breath Your truth, live Your truth, go to bed with Your truth, sleep in Your truth, and wake up with Your truth on our minds that You love us beyond what we can even imagine, You will provide, You will meet all of our needs, we are worthy, we are capable, we are fierce, we are more than conquerors in the mighty name of Jesus, we can overcome anything ,and that we are mighty warriors. We claim Your truth in all these things and more, right now Lord, in the mighty name of Jesus. And Lord I pray that You would reach way down and touch someone today who is struggling with truth- truth of who they are, all that they can do, and all that they can be in and through You, truth of what Your word says, and most importantly Lord, truth of who You are and all that You can do. Help them by Your Holy Spirit I pray. All glory be to You O mighty God.
In Jesus most holy name we pray,
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